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I just received the report from my GP on my MRI and I'm being referred to either a Ortho or Neuro specialist for a determination of my options. If anyone can help me anticipate my alternatives ahead of time to prepare for the appointment it would be greatly appreciated. MRI results:

Alignment in the lumbar spine is normal. Lumbar vertebral bodies are normal in height and signal intensity. Conus medullaris is at the level of L1. Visualized paraspinal soft tissues are normal. Note that the S1 segment has a transitional appearance with rudimentary disk present at S1-S2.

Invertebral disks between T12 and L3 show degenerative endplate changes with Schmorl's node. There is no disk herniation, canal stenosis or foraminal impingement.

L3-4 There is no disk herniation, canal stenosis or foraminal impingement.

L4-5 There is no disk herniation, canal stenosis or foraminal impingement.

L5-S1 there is disk dehydration. There is a posterior central annular tear. There is no canal stenosis or foraminal impingement.

I'm not in agonizing pain, but sitting is uncomfortable. I get numbness in my butt when I lay on my back with my knees bent. Sometimes if I go to sleep on my side with my left leg bent it will be totally numb when I wake up. Other than that, most of the mild sciatica has been on the right side, mostly when sitting. It's been over a year since the "pop" that I heard playing tennis, although it wasn't until a couple of months later that I got the severe back spasm, which began the life of LBP I now live. I'm almost 43. Thanks.





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